Coaching proves to be one of the most essential components of our lives right from the day that we become aware of the environment surrounding us. Coaching is very essential for the normal growth of the child. Coaching for growth will also apply to an individual who wants to grow in his career and also for the business organization itself that wants to expand beyond the national boundaries of their country.
Coaching normally refers to the various forms of guiding, questioning, and mentoring, and is not to be confused with the more directional forms of , training and showing the correct path an individual or a group of individuals can take to achieve their goals and develop the specific skills to perform well. Coaching for growth may include personal coaching which involves one to one discussions and conversations or workshops, seminars and even presentations.( however in a non directional format) Coaching for growth in business is normally done by coaches who have specialized skills and experience working with executives and teams in order to help to improve quality, efficiency and increase knowledge.
Coaching for growth may also include personality development which helps to develop your overall personality in terms of how you carry yourself and present yourself to the world at large. You should remember that it is the impression that you create on other people that will bring you recognitions and rewards.
Coaching for growth in case of the child is normally imparted by the parents and once the child enters a particular school, the major part of coaching is undertaken by the teacher. Hence whatever the child learns during the initial stages of his life goes a long way in what he will become in the later stages of his life.
Coming back to coaching for the growth of businesses, coaching is required by all serious business organizations to run their business successfully by implementing the best and most cost effective method and strategies. Many business coaches will also help to draft a business plan after studying the type of business the organization has undertaken. Drafting of business strategies from the short term and long term of view also becomes very important. Drafting the strategies is just half the job done. It is necessary to carry out tasks that you have planned before hand. There is a huge difference between a business coach and a consultant, as a business coach helps us understand the basics of overall business while a consultant is equipped to provide advice in detail for a certain area of business.
Coaching for growth follows a certain process of ascertaining things in the present and then preparing a process of inquiry, analysis and resolution to finish tasks. The whole approach of coaching for growth is to improvise the existing methods and techniques to achieve your goals in the best way you can. Coaching stresses a lot on team work as it is the cumulative efforts of all the members of the team to carry out tasks at a brisk pace. Results under team effort are better and quicker. Coaching is necessary to analyze the current situation and follow a course of action to achieve the desired goals. However the person does not have to accept all advice of the coach. In fact if the truth be known, coaches do not give advice at all.
They used in depth, laser like and focused questions in order to elicit the correct answer from the client.
On the rare occasion when coach is asked to give direct guidance, he may do so in the form of the mentor. The client of course is free to reject any such advice.
In the end, coaching for growth stresses on mutual understanding within a team and amongst all the members to work towards a common goal. Coaching starts from the bottom working with each associate to make them realize their potential and using it to achieve incredible results.
Written by Gerard O’Donovan Founder of Noble Manhattan coaching Ltd
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